George Lois's Bright Ideas

George Lois doesn’t need advice. But the designer for whom “legendary ad man” is practically a Homeric epithet has loads to share in Damn Good Advice (for People with Talent!), a slim, fast-paced collection that comes out in March (Phaidon, …

The Czech Design Resistance

In Russian, samizdat literally means “self-published,” but the term has richer associations than vanity presses and Xerox machines. In the pre-glasnost years, artists, writers, and intellectuals in the U.S.S.R. would circulate underground publications clandestinely, often using typewriters and carbon paper to …

The Posters of Occupy Wall Street

Early this morning, I visited Zuccotti Park, the shaky seat of Occupy Wall Street. Today is the two-month anniversary of the Lower Manhattan encampment, and although the NYPD raided it earlier this week and rousted the protesters from their tents, …

Relational Aesthetics with a Waiver

Tomorrow, “Carsten Höller: Experience,” the New Museum’s mid-career survey of the 50-year-old German artist, opens to the public. Among the highlights: an ambling mirrored carousel with swings; an ethereal sensory-deprivation pool; and a three-story steel slide that worms its way …

Mr. Heller Goes to Washington

Last week, Steven Heller, one of our longest-running and most beloved contributors—certainly our most prolific—traveled to the White House to accept the Design Mind Award from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. The award “recognizes a visionary who has effected a …

What We Talk About When We Talk to Objects

“My brother used to think that when you had coffee machines, there was a guy inside making the coffee,” says Paola Antonelli, the Museum of Modern Art’s senior curator of architecture and design. She was explaining a conceptual video featured …